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Title:The registration of group ranches among the Masai of Kenya: some legal problems
Author:Coldham, Simon
Periodical:Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
Geographic term:Kenya
land registration
large farms
Abstract:At the time of independence in 1963 the vast majority were leading a recognisable traditional way of life, moving seasonnally with their herds across the plains in search of pasture. In the late 1950's and the early 1960's two developments occurred which threatened their future and called for more active government intervention on their behalf: Large areas of Masailand were being settled by non-Masai; some of the more educated Masai began to establish individual ranches. These two trends could lead to the point where tens of thousands of Masai would be forced with their herds into the dryest, least fertile areas. To consider these problems in the light of the government's policy of land consolidation and registration a mission was appointed. This mission favoured the establishment of group ranches. The government accepted the mission's proposals in principle but, in order to ensure the effective operation of the group ranches, drafted and enacted, the Land (Group Representatives) Act 1968, as a detailed statutory framework. In sharp contrast to the mission's proposals this act introduces a system of considerable complexity. This system is discussed in this paper. Notes.